by Sophia Holloway
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Publisher


An enchanting romance that fans of Bridgerton will take to their hearts

Captain William Hawksmoor of the Royal Navy never expected to inherit Kingscastle and is none too pleased when he does so. Especially when he learns that he must marry within a year or be forever dealing with trustees.

As the new Marquis of Athelney, the captain takes command of Kingscastle and discovers much to be done to set it in order. He must also contend with his aunt, Lady Willoughby Hawksmoor, who is determined that her daughter will be his wife. When she discovers he is far more interested in Eleanor Burgess, her underpaid and much put-upon companion, Lady Willoughby shows she will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

  • “It took hold of me within a matter of pages and sucked me right into Captain Hawksmoor’s story… It [was] thoroughly enjoyable.”— Books by your Bedside
  • “The author has a brilliant grasp of Regency Era and I happily enjoyed descriptions of life, dialogue, and style.”— Sophia Rose, Caffeinated Reviewer
  • “a clever romance with capable and likeable characters that both fit the period and spark the imagination.”— Rosanne E. Lortz, author of A Duel for Christmas

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

A lovely traditional, clean Regency romances that I throughly enjoyed reading!

Captain William Hawksmoor of His Majesty’s Royal Navy never inspired to be nothing more than a Navy man. So when certain things come to light he is astonished when unexpectedly inherits a marquessate. As the fifth Marquis of Athelney, heir to the title and vast estates. The Marquess of Athelney comes certain obligations, requiring him to marry within a year. Adjusting to land legs he takes command of the family seat at Kingscastle.

Lady Willoughby will stop at nothing to see her daughter Charlotte the next Marchioness of Athelney. Eleanor Burgess is an underpaid companion to the malicious Lady Willoughby Hawksmoor.

A sweet budding romance with great character development and complex relationships. The authors descriptive prose and richly atmospheric setting, are brought to life with unique details, making for a highly compulsive read.


Sophia Holloway describes herself as a ‘wordsmith’ who is only really happy when writing. She read Modern History at Oxford, and her factual book on the Royal Marines in the First World War, From Trench and Turret, was published in 2006. She also writes mediaeval murder mysteries under the pen name, Sarah Hawkswood.

She is a member of the Historical Writers’ Association, the Historical Novel Society, and the Crime Writers’ Association.


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